First Lady Reads For The Record And Helps Set New World Record


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Mary-Sarah Kinner
Communications Director
CARSON CITY, NV - October 04, 2012

First Lady Kathleen Sandoval today participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Together with Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, the First Lady joined children and adults across the country to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience – part of a nationwide early education awareness campaign that each fall focuses national attention on the importance of reading.

Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is an annual event when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. On October 4, adults and children across the United States will read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad”, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, with many reading the free digital version available at We Give Books.

We Give Books, the digital reading initiative from the Pearson Foundation and the Penguin Group, helped to prepare thousands of students across the United States for this year’s Read for the Record by delivering Reading Celebrations to schools from California to Texas and from Georgia to New York – and many other locations. Nationwide, students from 50 schools received a special visit from the We Give Books ReadMobile (http://www.wegivebooks.org/readmobile).

In partnership with Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval supports early education and encourages the entire community to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record today.

“I am very excited to join Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation for the second year and participate in Reading for the Record,” First Lady Kathleen Sandoval said. “Reading is essential to learning and reading with your child for even five minutes a day can make a difference.”

“Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is one of my favorite campaigns because it not only gets to the heart of what is important – getting our young people to love reading at an early age – but also promotes the ideal of giving to someone else,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “We are delighted to have First Lady Kathleen Sandoval participate in Read for the Record offline and online at We Give Books, which is providing our literacy partners and the people they serve with access to more books, more donations and more community building.”

“Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” is available to read now for free at www.wegivebooks.org, along with 200 other classic children’s books. We Give Books provides people everywhere with the opportunity to read books online, anytime, for free. For each book read online, We Give Books donates a print book to a leading literacy group. On October 4, for every book read at We Give Books, a book will be donated to a child in one of Jumpstart’s centers around the country.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada’s 30th Governor, focuses his administration on economic development, education and an open and responsible government. A member of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Republican Governors Association, Sandoval is Vice-Chair of NGA’s Health and Homeland Security Committee and Chair-elect of the Education Commission of the States. For more information, visit gov.nv.gov.

For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, including how to register for this year’s campaign, visit www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord today.

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